Easiest Coconut Milk Recipe – Improved

This is the Easiest Homemade Coconut Milk Recipe around. No bags, no waste, and super frugal. For drinking, baking, and all your dairy-free needs. Paleo, primal, gluten free, allergy friendly, frugal, and low carb!

I’m all about DIY versions of kitchen staples like almond milk, homemade rice milk, powdered sugar substitute and dairy-free condensed milk.

Basically, if I can make it myself, I pretty likely will do it :).  Anyhow, it’s been awhile since I first posted my Homemade Coconut Milk Recipe.

It is, for sure, the easiest way to make coconut milk that you can find, but it did leave a little something to be desired.

Well, thanks to one of my super duper ingenious readers, I have a fabulous update for you!

Read on for the details :-).  You’ll be glad that you did.

We love coconut milk around here.

For me, my original Coconut Milk Recipe was just fine.

I mean, what can be easier than blending some dried unsweetened coconut with some plain water?

No need really to strain through a nut milk bag or strainer.

And really, this super busy mom really can’t deal with buying a whole coconut, splitting it open, and then blending and straining the contents.  Maybe once in awhile for a fun homeschool project, but not on a regular basis.

But if you read the comments on my original coconut milk recipe post, you will see that some readers weren’t thrilled with the final product being a little grainy.

For me, if I blend the mixture on high in my Vitamix for 3 minutes (of course, any high speed blender will do), I really found that the graininess wasn’t a big deal, but there was quite a bit of residue in the bottom of my jar in the fridge.

Since I’m so cheap frugal, I would just stir it up before serving and call it good.

And then I would just add more filtered water to the stuff at the bottom of the jar and use it in a recipe or make a smoothie out of it.

Sure, it’s not as “amazingly thick and creamy” as the expensive stuff in the stores, but then, when you are saving something like 90% off the price, I can deal with a little graininess, you know?

Well, one of my readers shared something this past month that made the “Easiest Coconut Milk Recipe” just a tad less easy but a whole lot better.

So I am sharing that with you today.

The result?

A much creamier coconut milk for you and yours.

One reader even shared with me that she was having troubles with her coconut milk separating out a bit in her morning coffee, but since she started using this method, it wasn’t doing that anymore and she was really thrilled.

How to Use Coconut Milk

– In recipes as a dairy free alternative, if you are dairy allergic, vegan, or just plain out of milk
– In a smoothie
Plain – my son LOVES coconut milk with some stevia extract or my Liquid Vanilla Stevia
– Make frozen coconut milk ice cubes and add them to your favorite drinks so they aren’t diluted by regular ice cubes.  This is great in coffee or tea.
Over hot or cold cereal (we love it over my Baked Oatmeal / Oatmeal Cake)

So here is our “Easiest Improved Coconut Milk Recipe”.  Hope you like it.

If you really want to make this smoother, you can strain it through a nut bag or cheesecloth. I don’t bother doing that.

When it gets thick I just add some more filtered water and stir it up.

We’re pretty used to “not perfect” coconut milk now :).

What You Will Need:

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Easiest Coconut Milk Recipe - Improved
Recipe type: DIY - Foods
Cuisine: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free, Grain-Free, Low-Carb, Vegan, Paleo, AIP
Serves: 5 cups
This is the Easiest Homemade Coconut Milk Recipe around. No bags, no waste, and super frugal. For drinking, baking, and all your dairy-free needs.
  1. This is the new step: Grind the coconut in your blender or spice grinder until fairly finely ground. (I love this coffee grinder. I think you get a better grind in this than in the blender.)
  2. Add 1 cup of water to the ground coconut in a high powered blender (like Vitamix) and blend on high for 1 minute.
  3. Add water to make 5 cups of coconut milk. Blend on high for 3 minutes.
  4. Enjoy and store in the refrigerator.

More Super Fast Whole Food Pantry Staples:

Powdered Egg Replacer (compare to Ener-G)
Powdered Sugar Substitute
Easiest Almond Milk Ever
Homemade Rice Milk
Homemade Nut or Seed Butter
Homemade Coconut Butter
Homemade Taco Seasoning
Best Cinnamon Sugar

How do you use Coconut Milk?

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  1. Carissa Krabill says:

    Are you able to get coconut cream from this milk like you can with bought coconut milk?

  2. Do you strain it? I make coconut milk all of the time but this is a different way. It sounds more economical than the one I make. I use a 1:3 ratio of coconut to water.

  3. Can you use unsweetened toasted coconut flakes to make coconut milk?

  4. Anne Marie says:

    Thank you. Made this a few months ago and am going back to it. It’s yummy and easy.

  5. Can you make coconut milk out of coconut flour?

    • My understanding is that when you make coconut milk, the remaining strained product is dehydrated to make flour.

      • True. If you follow your recipe but strain it after with a pantyhose, towel, nut bag, or cheesecloth and then place that remainder on a parchment covered sheet in the oven at 175 for 5 hours you also get coconut flour.

  6. What about using coconut water instead of filtered water to give it more coconut flavor?

  7. I live in a country where you can get freshly grated coconut at the corner store, and it’s pretty cheap. But i have never known anyone in my country who drinks coconut milk. We use it a lot for cooking, but not for drinking. This is new to me. I think i’ll try it with my cereal since i have not found an acceptable alternative to cow’s milk and soy milk, which I gave up.

  8. Why do you use dried coconut flakes? Have you tried fresh coconuts?